The Abs Diet Review

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The Abs Diet is weight loss plan that was developed by David Zinczenco, who is actually the editor of “Men’s Health” magazine. This program is supposed to offer noticeable results within a six-week period. As you may have already suspected, The Abs Diet does place some focus on enhancing the abdominal area. This diet plan endeavors to grant you a “flat stomach,” while helping to get rid of poor eating habits that commonly lead to weight gain. The Abs Diet comes in the form of a DVD or book. You can potentially lose up to “12 pounds of belly fat within two weeks.”

Unlike many diet programs, The Abs Diet does not involve taking pills, capsules or supplements. The Abs Diet incorporates “healthy eating plans” and a separate weight reduction guide for women. Saturated fats are a major aspect of The Abs Diet. These particular fats are noted to be a significant problem for the stomach area; therefore are avoided in order to decrease belly fat. Twelve “power foods” are addressed in this program that should be focused on to make weight reduction easier. Some of these are various berries, whole grains and green vegetables. In short, dieters that employ The Abs Diet are able to continue eating foods they like, but some restrictions apply. The Abs Diet sells for around $32 on the official website.

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Product Features

The Abs Diet is a weight reduction system focused around the abdominal area, which is claimed to be the primary area affected by saturated fats. This online diet program comes in book or DVD form. While The Abs Diet is geared mostly toward men, there is a version offered for women as well. This diet plan incorporates 12 power foods that are intended to be part of every meal. The key is avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats and focusing more on whole grains, berries and green vegetables.

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Advantages

  • The Abs Diet involves eating healthy foods.
  • Virtually everything about this diet program is explained via the official website.
  • The Abs Diet does not involve taking pills or medications that may offer potential side effects.
  • The Abs Diet official website provides before and after pictures.

Disadvantages

  • There is no significant clinical research backing The Abs Diet.
  • The Abs Diet does not incorporate any kind of supplement to aid in hunger suppression or fat burning.
  • The Abs Diet does not appear to offer a money-back guarantee.
  • The Abs Diet is primarily for men.
  • The Abs Diet focuses mainly on the abdominal area, as opposed to the entire body.

Conclusion

Although The Abs Diet appears rather unique in the respect that it was developed by David Zinczenco, the head editor of “Men’s Health,” it may not be so suitable for dieters who wish to focus more on the entire physique. There is something to be said about eating healthy and steering clear of saturated fats, but the official website for The Abs Diet does not really offer any significant proof that this new-age ab system works as claimed. It’s wise to take a look at all weight loss options before choosing The Abs Diet.

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46 User Reviews about The Abs Diet

  • 1
    Doug

    I once weighed 360 pounds and by using the abs diet and exercise I was able to get down to 225 pounds in one year. Nothing extreme, I just followed the plan and exercised moderately and the weight fell off! I absolutely can vouch for this program. It has changed my life forever.

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    melissa

    everybody id different, and just to clarify, men are different from women. women need less protein and more fiber. and 1 lb of muscles does not weight more than 1 lb. of fat. simple math a pound is a pound. red meats also take 2 days to digest so only it red meat twice a week. women easy way to get fiber, fiber gummies 5 gs fiber in 1 gummy, metimucial has this fiber wafer cookies. kinda good. follow the abs diet, but modify to you. if your not, not yo be gross, but having bowel movements everyday, you will not lose weight. the weight will be stored in your instines. quick fix for proyein fixes low sodium jerky or turkey jerky.

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  • 3
    susanmkc

    just bought the book (the NEW abs diet) today for my husband AND myself. We had great luck with South Beach several yrs ago, but want to get back on the wagon and try a different lifestyle regimen. I am wondering if the portion sizes (like ‘deck of cards’ ) are same for men and women, or should I get the women’s edition? I understand it covers osteoporosis and post partum issues…etc. I’m excited and enjoy all the foods this book recommends- need a kick to start exercise again. thx.

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  • 4
    angie

    I started doing the abs diet about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I gained 2 lbs and i can’t seem to lose it. I am following it just as it says to. I am wondering if it could be 2 things. 1. I am eating a lot more fat then I am used to, I am programmed to eat low fat. so I wonder if my body is adjusting to the olive oil, almonds and flaxseed. or 2. could i not be eating enough?

    I weight 125lbs. To give you an idea of what I am eating:
    5am drink an energy supplement & 1 scoop of protein with 1/2 cup of skim milk. This is to go to the gym.
    8am 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1/2 scoop of protein, tsp flaxseed & 1/2 cup of milk.
    10 or 11am snack 1/2 cheese stick & 1/2 apple
    12-1 lunch a wrap with 2 slices of turkey, spinach &mustard.
    2-3 snack the other half of apple & cheese.
    5-6 dinner something out of the cookbook.
    8 snack 8oz. smoothie or 100 cal popcorn w/ 4oz smoothie.

    I am really trying to get this right. I could use some advise!

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    Trish

    I just started this plan mar 30th. Its what I have been looking for. no pills no counting etc. I have lost 1inch so far. I was actually very surprised and pushed my stomach out as far as I could because I didn’t think it would be possible to lose anything so quickly. Never being hungry is nice too.

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  • 6
    Shantel

    This is a really good diet. Im about 5’1 and my starting weight was 156. I lost 4 pounds in 4 days. It has only been a week but I love it. The whole point of this diet is that your not supposed to be counting calories, it specifically says that in the book. It is more of a healthy lifestyle change, than a diet. This “diet” is just as good for females as it is for males. Dont worry about the calories ladies. I know that can be scary at first. But I promise the weight will just come off.

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    Bob

    I recently started the The New Abs Diet (approximately 5 days ago) and have had a side effect- I am somewhat jittery – is that a normal side effect?

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    Michael

    Your jitters may very well be due to a decrease in your sugars and/or caffiene intake. You may want to try eating more natural fruits, like berries. It might help. My wife and I have been on the Abs LIFESTYLE ( not a diet to us ) for about 2 weeks now, I had an excellent checkup at the doctors office this morning , lost 5 Lbs.; my wife lost 6. Funny thing is, we are just incorporating the power foods into our meals. Wishing you the best of luck in your weight management !

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  • 8
    Valerie

    Thinking of giving this a go for both my husband and I. We’re at the gym pretty consistently (for years) but without the right diet, we’re not getting results. So..just wondering, as a woman, would it be okay to just buy the Abs Diet book…or is there a big difference with the womans book?

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    h

    The women’s diet is more focused on female systems, caloric needs and different aspects of aging. And it has anecdotes from women who’ve used it.

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  • 9
    Nyasha

    I weighed 15st at one time and went on the abs diet. It was fantastic went straight down to a 10st 8lbs in about 3 months. Had my first baby and lost 3st in about four months still on the diet combined with breastfeeding, this time however didnt breastfeed but lost weight. Have another stone to loose hopefully soon. So it works trust me.

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  • 10
    gloria

    just wondering, microwave popcorn and baked chips? where would you put these in the meal plan? i was figuring as a snack with hummus or mixing in some almonds. i gotta have the crunch.

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    Joma

    The books I have are from 2005 and 2008, neither says anything about baked chips.

    But the nutrition book does advise against microwave popcorn comparing it to the empty carbs you get in white bread. The diet recommends whole wheat. The Men’s health site even has a recipe to make your own baked chips out of whole wheat pita, so I’d guess the baked chips are ok, but still not preferred.

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  • 11
    Kevin

    ok well let me just say that yes, this review was too harsh. I bought the book reletively cheap. (About 5 dollars) And yesterday i did my first workout. O.M.G. it was hard!I coudnt believe that myself who does baseball once or twice a week was saying crap…ugh…crap..ugh.. any way i want to point out that this diet is for people who need to lose 5-40 pounds. Its a no bull aproach to dieting. It super fun to read and has very good information. Ive only been reading but just by knowing you will probably lose weight! Good luck to all and i hope this helped!!

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  • 12
    Heather

    This diet is great but you have to be careful about how many calories you take in. If you only eat 1200 calories in a day, but you burn 200 from working out, then you only had 1000 calories for that day. That is not enough for anyone. Won’t your body go into starvation mode and start storing fat?

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  • 13
    Jon

    I have not had much success sticking to any diet, but this one makes sense, and I continue to try and succeed. That said, this diet is simple.

    -6 meals a day – small healthy portions, plenty of tasty foods, mix and match whatever you like, shakes a plus, obviously no sugar, fried fat, or lots of alchohol
    -1 cheat meal a week

    Thats basically it. The excercise is optional and simply speeds things up.

    Sample foods – peanut butter, milk, nuts, berries, oatmeal, turkey, leafy greens, eggs, wheat bread

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  • 14
    Destiny

    I am on week two with a 1200 calorie intake I have notices some inch loss but no weight loss. I am following only the abs diet and excercise six days a week three cardio and three full body circuit, cardio and abs. I started off with 1500 calorie into and dropped lower to figure out my balance here. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong?

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    SteveO

    If you are losing inces the diet is working, you may not lose weight but you will get smaller and more toned. The reason for this is explained in the book, you are building muscle and losing fat, muscle weighs more than fat so you may not see a difference on the scale. If your measurements are going down keep on track!!!

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    steve

    Just wanted to let you all know how great this diet is working for me! Started aug. 2nd weighing in at 244 lbs.Weighed in today aug.23rd at 225 lbs. Following the diet strictly and added walking 3 miles a day at day 10.Just love it! It works!

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    Jordan

    think about investing into fat calipers. this will allow you to keep track of how well you are loosing fat. since you are loosing inches (and not loosing weight) you are obviously loosing fat. A good pair of fat calipers will give you another number to work with other than a scale.

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    Anonymous

    1 lb of muscle equals 1 lb of fat, as explained in the book, simple math. if it is not working for you try changing your workouts. working out builds muscles yes, but working out to much can cause your muscles to swell, hence no weight loss.

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  • 15
    Nicole

    I made the mistake of joining the website. Now I’m a hostage. They make it so difficult to cancel. Don’t do it!!!!

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  • 16
    rolando

    Liam I’ve been doing this diet and gaining weight since january…. why am I not losing any weight by now? I’m eating 2500+ calories… should I be eating less I’m 5’6 at 170lbs please help me!!!

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    Chris

    roland, not sure if you are still on the diet or not but it is as liam says, a great diet. the calories really dont matter as long as you are exercising. Like liam said you have to have a caloric deficit, you need to burn more tahn what you are putting in. I am 5’10 and way 198 as of today. I eat a litlle more than you do but still losing weight. You need an exercise plan or you need to reduce the number of calories you are taking in

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    melissa

    what is ab diet? i jus weighed myself and i am 180 ibs after having my 5th kid. i need to lose some weight. so please let me know.

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  • 18
    jbs

    I saw this in mens health years ago…I have a working knowledge of nutrition and fitness, and at the time I was doing a maintenance workout of simple bodyweight exercises and stretches. It looked interesting to me (I recognized some of the basic tenets of nutrition and exercise in it, so I figured it would be something different from my norm at the very least) and I was wanting to mix up my regimen, so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it, and how quickly I saw results. I liked it so much I have used modified versions of it on and off for the last 5 years, substituting or adding sports specific exercises for a few of the ab and core sets, but retaining most of the originals as well the 3 circuit method of doing the sets. If I get out of shape through the winter or holidays, I usually use this to jump start my activity level and whip into shape quickly, or as a primer for a more demanding program…I generally see and feel results after about 3 weeks, depending on how clean I eat. Overall its a solid program that will give you results, is easy to start and maintain, and can be dialed up in intensity with substitutions or harder sets if you begin to plateau. Highly recommended.

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  • 19
    Anonymous

    I am unclear on the abs diet… do you have to follow the meal plans to a T or are there some substitutions offered?

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    liam

    hi, you dont have to follow it to a t by any means. you could eat the same things everyday if you like. have you seen the list of food items you can buy on this diet? its almost endless. for instance nuts and berries, what berries? answer: any! its more of a healthy eating plan, no forcing to ‘DONT EAT CARBS, DONT EAT FAT,DONT EAT CARBS WHILST JUGGLING BALLS ETC ETC. ok maybe extreme ther but trying to get across a point. basically you can substitute and you are encouraged to eat protein ,carbs and FAT. the diet is awsome ive lost 31.4 pounds since january no joke. i have no connection in anyway whatsoever with the guy who wrote. i dont even care if you buy it or not im just being honest. its an extremely healthy diet plan and well written, great recipes too. the smoothies are devine…oh and the meatballs yum .
    most importantly though. be in a caloric deficit each week and remeber you burn calories just by being alive. goodluck
    hope you reach your goals

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    Emman

    Liam, I am so impressed with your weight lost, i did this one too for some weeks and had good results but I couldnt maintain,now Im back to my regular 182 lbs. I am going to use you as a motivator….i just dont like running on the treadmills.

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    jaredf

    You seem to be very educated in the abs diet program, where I’m a virgin with it- I just bought the abs diet and the abs diet cook book last night and need your help with something if you could spare a moment in 2011.

    PORTION CONTROL. I know the abs diet doesn’t count calories, carbs, sugars. Which is some ways is GREAT, in other ways HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO STOP EATING? So when you prepare something like mas macho meatballs, how many servings should you eat? Seeing as it has 1lb. of beef and makes four servings. Do you eat four servings, or half or only one. This is the only part that’s not clear for me! Happy New Year!

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    phawkins

    how much milk can i have a day
    i like peanut butter & banana sandwich with milk for breadfast
    is this too much

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    liam

    hi. thats a great breakfast . if you are trying to lose weight i.e fat then as long as your in a caloric deficit each week then you,ll lose period. p.s i eat natural peanut butter everyday its delicious. good luck

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    phawkins

    i have tried the natural peanut butter but it really does not have much of a taste to me
    what is your opinion on just use the low fat jiff or other low fat brands

    i have looked at the bullseye circle, what is considered “often”
    everyday or once a week

    just want another opinion

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    Kissedbysunshine

    Low fat brands are “ok” I think. But it depends on whats in the jar. There are some that are more natural like smuckers (I think) which has a version with only salt, oil, and Peanut Butter. If it has sugar or trans fats in it, I would avoid it

    Not sure about the “often” question. I dont think its about timing as much as its about intention

    Jordan

    try the Skippy natural peanutbutter it tastes more like the normal jiff or peter pan brands

    The flounder

    read the back of the peanut butter jar. beware of the low fat jiff because it can have partially or fully hydrogenated oils that are horrible for you i would stick to the natural, try eating it after an intense work out because thats the time your body will change its taste for new foods.

  • 21
    lesley

    Although i have only been doing the abs diet for 10 days i am very impressed. After trying other diets, this is the only one that has no point system or portion controll. I have already lost weight about 4lbs, but more importantly i feel great and being able to have one blow out meal a week is great for me – mine is pizza and beer night on a friday. I feel that this is not a diet but a guide for a better lifestyle 10/10

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  • 22
    liam

    after spending 4 months eating pizza, chinese and most other takeaway fast food you can think of i gained 35 pounds. the 6 month prior to that i was working out 5 times a week, eating clean but not varied enough i have to admit i.e all nutrients. having reasonable knowledge of fitness and diet i was looking for a good well balanced eating programme. when i came across the abs diet it seemed well balanced in relation to protein, carbs and ‘good’ fats. having been ‘on’ the diet(actually a healthy eating plan) for a week i thought id share my thoughts and progress. the abs diet makes some strange bold statements 1 being lose stomache fat first. well fat loss cant be spot reduced.you lose it from everywhere. abs in 6 weeks? i very much doubt it. so if someone is 230pounds and 45% body fat its extremely improbable to have visual abs within 6 weeks( i use improbable because the human body is a scientific masterpiece it never ceases to amaze me) may sound im being negative about it but its actually a great ‘diet’. as far as the workouts are concerned i cant comment i do my own routines. 1 thing i will say and this goes for any diet WEIGHT TRAIN AND DO CARDIO 5 TIMES PER WEEK to enhace weight loss/muscle retain. im not getting into effects of either of them just now. if you follow the diet you will definately lose weight no question as long as you are in a calorific deficit. never go too low. im following it quite strictly, eating the 12 power foods and eating 6 times a day. its great, im never hungry. i use some of the recipes and just create my own. i dont count calories(although i did yesterday out of curiosity… just over 1800cals) thats perfect for me. i think this is a healthy diet to follow and you should give it a go. eat a variety of food and eat 6 times a day…what else could you want?( no your not getting spare ribs for breakfast haha) great choice of diet for anyone. oh and you do take supplements, whey protein and multi vit. last week i was 199.8pounds, today im 194.4. all the best and hope you reach your goals. good luck

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    liam

    update:188 pounds

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    liam

    update: 186.6
    im now going to combine this with ‘eat stop eat’

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    liam

    update:182.2

    BravoVictor

    Liam – the diet focuses on the abs (or rather, the fat around our mid-section) because that is the highest indicator of future health problems like heart disease and cancer. The diet/workout are intended to improve your overall physique, but the focus is on fat-loss in the mid-section. I don’t think David ever says anything about ‘spot-reduction’, and I know he does say to minimize cardio because it can contribute to muscle loss (which is a bad thing). Just want to clarify some misunderstandings in your post for future potential readers.

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    liam

    hi thanks for that. i didnt intend to give any misunderstanding comments and i realise coming up with a new diet book name that sells must be tricky. i just wanted to clarify that fat reduction is overall. yes cardio can cause muscle loss if not lifting weights . im no expert by any means but im certainly losing fat/maintaning muscle. just to conclude: the books are excellent, great nutrition info and recipes are awsome. i highly recommend them. thanks

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    liam

    update:starting weight january 3rd just before i started this diet 210pounds today 178.6

  • 23
    Cape Cod

    Several years ago I saw an article about the Abs Diet for Women. I’d just turned 50 and the dr. said, well – make better food choices although you know age becomes a factor. Agreed; however, I wasn’t ready to settle. I followed the simple recipies and 12 power foods and lost 27 lbs in 4 months. I went from 152 to 125. Yes, it works! I don’t think the article gave it enough credit. When you lose weight over a certain amount, you lose it all over your body and thus, you can focus on your entire body… not just abs… they do flatten.

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    phawkins

    i have been working on the abs diet for about 3 weeks, i don’t get on scales but use my clothes as a guide, they still fit about the same
    by the way i am 48
    i really love the things you get to eat on this diet, but i am still having trouble with sugar wants
    i am not much of a meat eater, what is your opinion on getting the protein from the other sources that are in the diet
    do you eat english peas, i do not see those on the list
    it just says “peas” what about black eyed peas and other “peas”
    i don’t see the turkey bacon or sauage or hot dogs or the ground turkey, what about those
    you can just email me with your opinion

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